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  • A report on Matt's trip to Toronto for the Argo party is at the Globe and Mail from Lainey. Photos are at PopSugar and the Boston Globe. The woman smiling in the background of the photo is Jennifer Todd, the new President of Matt and Ben's production company.



    TIFF: where best friends are reunited or created. Matt Damon and wife Luciana flew in to Toronto on Friday afternoon to support his buddy Ben Affleck at the premiere of Argo.

    Damon’s flight was delayed so he skipped the red carpet and was ushered into Roy Thomson Hall immediately. The Damons joined Affleck and wife Jennifer Garner afterward at Terroni for a private dinner, where Damon was seen beaming proudly at his BFF. Perhaps taking advantage of a free night from their four (!) daughters, he and the Mrs then went onto Soho House where they held court at a booth on the second floor until 2 a.m.

  • Ben spoke about Matt's planned move to LA next year in this Brisbane Times interview.

    Another positive in Affleck's family life is the recent move to LA of his best friend, collaborator and fellow Oscar winner, Matt Damon. Damon had resisted moving to California from the US east coast (both grew up in Boston), but Affleck's excitement at having his best friend close by again after so long is palpable. "I've been hounding him and hounding him to live here so our kids can know each other and go to the same schools and hang out the way we did," Affleck says, "and finally he caved."

    Since Damon, his wife Luciana and daughters Alexia (Luciana's daughter from a previous relationship), Isabella, Gia and Stella have moved to LA, the pair have been as inseparable as ever. "Maybe Matt sacrificed all his principles, but that's much less important to me than having him across the street," he laughs. "It's like we're regressing to high school but it's really fun and their kids are over all day.

    "When we grew up we were about three blocks apart and we don't live much further apart than that now. It's cool, especially because for years we were both so busy and for a long time we never got to see each other except on vacation."

  • Another quote from Ben at the Star:

    "Matt lives down the street from me, our kids (the couple has three children) hang out, we go play in one another’s yard... it's a little piece of that Boston community feel that we have left in our lives, where we hang out and our families hang out."

  • From an interview with Promised Land actor Scoot McNairy at Backstage.

    And you’ll be appearing in Gus Van Sant’s “Promised Land” later this year. What can you tell us about that?

    McNairy: It’s an amazing script by Matt Damon and John Krasinski about fracking in the oil and gas industry. Matt plays a guy who comes to a small town to close all the land leases, and I play one of the farmers who is hesitant to sign [because] he doesn’t want to give up his land.

  • In the October issue of Vanity Fair there's a posed photo of Matt and Michael Douglas in character for Behind the Candelabra. A scan is available on Twitter here. There's an unsubstantiated rumor the film could be shown in theatres ahead of its HBO release. Actor Paul Reiser talked about his role in the film at the Post-Gazette.

    Would you return to series TV?

    Reiser: Sure. But I'm not looking to develop something. I don't think I want to do that again. But if a great role comes up, sure. I just did a couple of days on the HBO movie about Liberace. I play Matt Damon's character's attorney. The whole time I'm working there I'm like, "This is fun. I can do my work for a few days and leave. It's not all on my shoulders."
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 10th, 2012 02:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Various

    It's just me, or Ben is showing a lot of love to Matt, lately??? I'm mean publicly :)
    It's not that common, after all, to hear a grown up man saying how much he misses his childhood friend ... It's kind of sweet of him, I guess.


    Is there any news about Promised Land?
    I have heard certain Oscar buzz around the movie, but I don't know if these rumors are reliable or not.

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    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 10th, 2012 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Various

    He gets asked about Matt and he says he's blah he finally moved.
    Matt actually talks more about Ben than the other way around, whenever he's promoting his movies he is asked about him, whether it's on tv (Anderson cooper/Charlie rose etc) or magazines or just online articles

    Ppl love to ask them about each other
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 10th, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Stand Up to Cancer

    Stand Up to Cancer has announced that $81 million was pledged due to the telecast. :)
    Paula
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 11th, 2012 03:08 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Stand Up to Cancer

    I've added Matt's comments on the telecast to the previous post:

    "Cancer tried to take my dad, a man who runs marathons, sails boats, loves his grand kids, tolerates his kids. It tried, so far it failed, and tonight, I am so proud to be standing up to cancer for my dad." --Matt Damon

    Here's a video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZskzNulFhI

    Edited at 2012-09-11 03:18 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 11th, 2012 02:58 am (UTC) (Link)

    Lainey

    More from Lainey about being next to Matt and Lucy at Soho House last Friday night:

    http://visa.ca/tifffestival/index.jsp

    At one point Matt Damon was my booth neighbour. He was with his wife Luciana. They were super low-key and spent most of the time talking to a producer type. I really like it when Matt wears glasses. Again, no photos. It is mega off-side to even pretend you want to take a photo at these events.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: September 11th, 2012 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Lainey

    "mattdamoncolumn" i've been reading the live journal now for several months and am so Happy it exists. i'm an avid fan of matt's living in LA. how do you have access or find out so much info on matt so promptly?? are you in the United States? thanks :)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 11th, 2012 09:39 am (UTC) (Link)

    Whitey Bulger project

    An update from Ben:
    http://bostonherald.com/track/inside_track/view.bg?articleid=1061159432&position=0

    Apropos of that, Ben is working with his BFF Matt Damon on an as-yet-untitled Whitey Bulger film. Terence Winter of “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Sopranos” fame is writing the script, Affleck will direct, and Matt will play the Southie crime boss. He hopes to start shooting it in Boston in the next year or two.

    “If there was a movie that me and Matt were meant to do together, this has gotta be the one,” he said. “It’s where my heart is, but there’s a lot of stuff, and we’re trying to cull it and we’re probably twice as careful about this one because we know the degree of scrutiny that people are going to have — particularly in Boston.”

    Affleck said he’s not planning to act in the movie at the mo, but may be convinced to take on the role of corrupt FBI agent John Connolly.

    “Connolly’s such a great part, but he just makes me sick,” he said. “With Whitey, at least you know he’s a gangster, he’s a criminal, he got people killed ... it was no secret. But the FBI and Connolly in particular were the ones making sure he didn’t get arrested and allowing more people to get killed and exploited and abused.

    “I’m tempted to do Connolly,” he continued. “But I don’t know ... I feel like I could never show my face again in Boston.”
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 11th, 2012 12:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Whitey Bulger project

    I really like the sound of this project. I don't think Matt or Ben are interested in gloryifying a gangster, and just because he is a gangster I don't think his story shouldn't be told, and as Ben mentioned the FBI were equally culpable, as the "good guys" where was their morality.

    Love the recent pics you've posted. Lucy is looking as gorgeous as ever, love the fishnet stockings, very sexy. Marcia
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 11th, 2012 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Appearance in new documentary

    Matt has a small accidental role in a new documentary - a very unprofessional press release is below (it would appear to have no award prospects and this release has gone out before a legit announcement of the project).

    http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/orion-dhc-inc-executive-producer-on-new-film-with-kevin-costner-matt-damon-robert-de-pinksheets-oodh-1699968.htm

    Matt appears to have met the focus of the story, Stanislav Petrov, on the set of The Good Shepherd.

    Trailer:
    http://vimeo.com/27477826 (Matt appears at 2.01 briefly and pointlessly)

    IMDB site:
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2277106/

    Official webpage:
    http://www.statementfilm.com/
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 11th, 2012 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Naeem Khan

    Matt and Lucy did not attend the Naeem Khan show at Fashion Week.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 12th, 2012 12:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Various

    This is the article I read about "Promised Land". And yes, any talk about awards is pure speculation (yet): http://www.ecorazzi.com/2012/08/29/matt-damons-anti-fracking-movie-has-oscar-buzz/#.UFBSlbOwJFQ.twitter

    Matt & Lucy draw too much attention to themselves the last time they attended the Naeem Khan show at NY Fashion Week, so I'm not so surprised that they avoided it this time. They are very low-key.


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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 12th, 2012 01:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Various

    That was a pretty ridiculous article which got activists hyped for no reason (yet).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: September 12th, 2012 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Twitpic

    http://twitpic.com/as6wqg
    http://twitter.yfrog.com/h4oukjoj

    I found these pics on twitter of Ben affleck at Argo's Toronto premiere and recognized a few faces....

    Ben is sitting next to Jennifer and Patrick whitesell (the whole gang's agent)!
    In the second row you can see Sue Kroll and Jeff Robinov
    In the third row on one side are Matt Damon and Lucy and the guy on the other side wearing a white shirt is John and next to him is emily
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: September 12th, 2012 11:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Twitpic

    Thanks for the pics, and well-spotted. There's another twitpic from a different angle of Ben, John and Emily in the cinema. Can't find the original post (or photo owner - sorry), but here's the pic:



    Edited at 2012-09-13 09:14 am (UTC)
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